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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices for Faith-based and Community Leaders

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices for Faith-based and Community Leaders is specifically for faith-based and community leaders use. This helps manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and spread.
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04/26/2021

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices for Faith-based and Community Leaders

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices for Faith-based and Community Leaders is specifically for faith-based and community leaders use. This helps manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and spread.
  • Source: The Partnership Center, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders

  • https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/3-17-20-faith-and-community-based-covid-19-faq.pdf

  • PLEASE NOTE: The following recommended preventative practices and answers are in response to common questions we have received.

  • They are based on what is currently known about the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • Should you have questions that are not listed below, please contact the Partnership Center at partnerships@hhs.gov or 202-260-6501.

  • We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion and will continue to update this document as further questions and information come to our attention.

  • Primary Resources

  • The Role of Faith-based and Community Leaders

  • Recommended Preventative Actions

  • 1. Follow CDC Recommendations

  • 2. Follow Guidance for Prevention and Preparedness Activities

  • Additional and more specific recommendations may be found on the websites of various national denominations, faith groups, and community service organizations, such as:

  • 3. Make Plans that Prepare and Protect Your Community and Those Whom You Serve

  • FIRST: Make Plans to Stay Connected.

  • SECOND: Make Plans to Provide Ongoing Care and Services.

  • THIRD: Make Plans to Maintain Operational Continuity, Support Staff, and Those Whom You Serve

  • FOURTH: Make Plans to Partner.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are the Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Should We Have a Gathering at All? How Close Does an Infection Need to Be to Our Community to Consider Cancelling Our Gathering?

  • English: www.USA.gov/Coronavirus

  • Spanish: https://gobierno.USA.gov/Coronavirus

  • Should We Greet One Another as Usual? Shaking Hands, Kissing Cheeks, etc.?

  • What Should I Tell People Who Are Concerned?

  • These everyday practices also help to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu:

  • How Can We Advise the Elderly, Those with Special Health Considerations, Their Caregivers, and Other High-Risk Populations?

  • What Should I Do if Someone at a Community Gathering Says They Are Feeling Sick?

  • For more information: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.

  • Is Information About COVID-19 Available In Spanish?

  • Does the Virus Live on Surfaces (e.g., Books or Shared Offering Plates)?

  • What Type of Items Should We Have in Our Emergency Preparedness Kit?